With so much music being released these days, separating the decent from the absolutely terrible has become harder and harder for music fans. The Internet has opened the floodgates in that respect, but that hasn’t stopped a host of crafty and determined music lovers from opening up their own labels.
One such man to do so is Maltese producer, Dean Demanuele. Having repped the likes of Einmusika, Bedrock and Snatch!, Dean’s music has landed on some massively respected labels, but it’s his own endeavors at his own label, Dazed & Confused that have really pricked our ears of late. Malta native Dean Demanuele has always made tech-house with a swagger, but even his own lofty standards, his latest release is a joy to behold. Full of tension from the get-go, the Grey Game EP – released on Dean’s always excellent Dazed and Confused label – confirms his reputation as his country’s leading exporter of all things dance floor driven.
With this in mind, we decided to catch up with Dean, as he gave us a quick rundown on the label and offered us his five tips for running a label in 2017. Regardless of whether you’re a newcomer at label management or an experienced dab hand, Dean offers up a wealth of pertinent information here:
Dazed & Confused Records has been a vital decision in my career, a great step I took way back in 2013. Since day one it has been a portal for freedom of expression for both myself and the team around the label. The music I release is an extension of what I like to play as a DJ. There is no specific style, just music I would love to play.
Watch out for Dean Demanuele’s ‘Grey Game’, which is out soon on Dazed & Confused